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I'm a New Homeowner

pandersen

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Well, after a 3 1/2 year period of working on contract, I have finally been able to buy a house after having been "converted" to a full-time regular permanent employee of the panning acency for which I work.

See the attached picture taken in early november 2003.

Here's the skinny - the 1 owner house built in 1964 is located on a corner lot in a well established neighbourhood and is close to shopping and schools etc. the house is an 1100 sq/ft bungalow and comes with an attached 2 car garage and has central air and hardwood floors with new low "e" windows throughout the mainfloor.

On the "to do" list is a new furnace to replace the 38 year old forced air gas original, ditto for a 15 year old gas fired water heater. I'm also going to upgrade the hydro service from a 100amp to a 200 amp service so I can properly redevelop the basement into additioal livingspace and insulate and put 220V power in the garage (what can I say, cabinet making keeps me out of the bars at night).

Thankfully, my sister is a landscape architect so I've already sent her a survey of the lot along with some photos so she can get busy and design me a new rear deck, landscape plan and some rear yard cedar fencing.

Thoughts or comments.


P.S. sorry about the small size of the photo, but I had to shrink it to this size for the post to be accepted.
 

Gedunker

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Congratulations on the job and the house! :-D

Now, triple the amount of time you expect to complete your "to do" list, especially if you have (or will soon have) young 'uns.

OT: I should have had you bid my cabinets -- the installer arrived yesterday and they have the wrong door style and drawer fronts. Needless to say, Mrs. Gedunker was :-# Happily, they can repace the fronts in less than two weeks (still before the countertops arrive 12.18.).

Good luck with the home!
 

donk

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congrats and hear that wooshing sound that is your disposable income going into the house.
 

SkeLeton

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Congrats pandersen! :) You could have used the cyburbia gallery instead of attaching the file so you wouldn't have had to shrink it so much :p
 

Tranplanner

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Congrats - from one new homeowner to another. Are you in the 'peg? Better make sure the furnace gets replaced before the prairie winter sets in...
 

PlannerByDay

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CONGRATS and welcome to the wonderful world of home ownership and the never ending chores which come along with it.
 

nerudite

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Yay... another planner joins the Canadian homeownership clube! Welcome to the world of shovelling driveways and sidewalks! (I'm only kidding... Elmo does all that. I just watch... heh). Enjoy your new house... that's awesome news :)
 

Super Amputee Cat

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I bought my first house in March, 1990 for $15,000. My mortgage was only $163/month, which was less than my car payment of $183! I had two roomates for two years each paying me $100/month + 1/3 of the utilities. So I was basically living there for free.

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Now I pay more in taxes per month than my entire old mortgage. A heck of a lot more.
 

Seabishop

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Super Amputee Cat said:
I bought my first house in March, 1990 for $15,000. My mortgage was only $163/month, which was less than my car payment of $183! I had two roomates for two years each paying me $100/month + 1/3 of the utilities. So I was basically living there for free.
Look at that McMansion, you yuppies are tearing Ohio apart! ;)
 

Super Amputee Cat

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Seabishop said:
Look at that McMansion, you yuppies are tearing Ohio apart! ;)
Heh!

Another thing cool about the house is that I recently found a newspaper ad when it was first offered for sale. For years, I had searched in two Toledo newspapers - The Blade and the News-Bee - hoping to find it, but the closest I came was a view of my street about a year before the house was built. It just showed a vacant lot between two already built houses. (Mine was among the last built on the street).

Anyway, about a year ago, I was perusing through the ads of another Toledo paper - the Toledo Times - and lo and behold, there it was!

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Toledo Times: July 26, 1917

Never saw any ice room or old chandeliers though.
 

pandersen

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Thanks for the Words Of Encouragement

To the folks who thought I was based in the "peg", sorry to disappoint you - I'm in Brandon.

As for the comments about "disposable" income, don't make me laugh - I didn't have any when I rented and I damn sure don't now that me and the bank are homeowners.

What do you mean your shocked that grass grows in Manitoba - they don't call it the Prairies for nothing, dude!

As for home repairs, I've already had my first - I went outside last week to make sure all the exterior garden hose taps were shut off - of course they weren't. I went down to the basement and found the water shutoff for the exterior taps (which had naver been shut off) and proceeded to loosen it up. To make a long story short, I replaced the unit with a new "ball type" valve. hopefully my pipes won't burst this winter now.

I'll see if I can post a couple of larger pictures in the Cyburbia Gallery for anyone who wants a gander.

Cheers!
 

SlaveToTheGrind

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pandersen - Congrats and start signing your check over to the local hardware store/big box. I built a new home and my money still goes there.

SAC - Interesting what you found. A little piece history.
 

Chet

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Congrats! Its a very exciting time, isnt it? Cool about your sister too - do you like gardening?
 

donk

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[OT]

Super Amputee Cat said:
I bought my first house in March, 1990 for $15,000. My mortgage was only $163/month,
SAC, I knew I liked you for a reason.

You are the first person i know to have had a smaller mortgage payment then I do. (modern era).

Only thing is that if you take into consideration inflation and the exchange rate, my $181 CDN a month trumps yours. Only 9 more payments and it is all mine.

[/OT]
 

Cardinal

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Congratulations on both house and job! As a fellow woodworker I will be jealous of you. My workshop is an old farm building and I have to run an extension cord to power it. In winter I move a couple of tools into the basement, but usually can't use my table saw or drill press.

My specialty is avian architecture:

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Tranplanner

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Re: Thanks for the Words Of Encouragement

pandersen said:
To the folks who thought I was based in the "peg", sorry to disappoint you - I'm in Brandon.
I'm not disappointed - I just never knew where it was in MB you were located. Go Wheat Kings!
 

Rem

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Congratulations pandersen. Need to pull that turf up and plant some natives;).

Super AC I note from the historic advertisement that yours is a
Dandy House
. Does that mean it is a fabulous house or a house for a fabulous person?:-}
 
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